COPE to probe flyover length increases

The COPE will hold an extensive investigation into the suspicious allocation of an additional Rs. 36,000 million to increase the lengths of flyovers in the Matara-
Beliatta stretch of the southern expressway, said COPE chairman Sunil Handunnetti.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo yesterday (30), he

Maithri’s ‘an unblemished journey’ with SLFP!

The SLFP will mark its 66th anniversary on 02 September under the theme ‘An unblemished journey’, say party sources.

The anniversary function at Campbell Park on the following day will be attended by president Maithripala Sirisena and other party seniors.

Kapugedara to face disciplinary inquiry!

Sri Lanka Cricket is reportedly going to hold a disciplinary inquiry against Chamara Kapugedara, who captained the Sri Lanka team that lost the third one-day game against India at Pallekele.

He has allegedly concealed his back problem, and also went against a decision by the coaches and the team management to field first

Two money laundering cases tomorrow against Namal

The Colombo high court will take up tomorrow (31) a money laundering case against Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa, eldest son of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The attorney general has filed the case under clause 241 of the criminal procedure code, accusing Namal and others of having

LTTE handbills distributed in Vavuniya

Security forces stationed in Vavuniya have reported that handbills penned by LTTE intelligence agencies were circulated among the people of Vavuniya last night (29).

The handbills that were titled ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam’ contained several statements on the activities conducted by LTTE

Cabinet approves housing allowance for Uma Oya victims

The cabinet has taken the decision to provide families whose houses have been destroyed by the Uma Oya Multi-purpose Development Project with a housing allowance of Rs. 10,000 to 25,000.

The sum will be accorded to those who have been evacuated from

I will rule until 2020 – president Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will have to abide by the mandate given him by the public to govern the country until 2020.

He was responding to a question raised at a meeting with heads of media institutions this morning (30) to brief them about the 66th anniversary of the SLFP.

Noting claims by MPs by the UNP (which has 106 MPs) and the

Corrupt persons in the legal system panicking over my statements: Ranjan

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today said only the corrupted law enforcement officers start panicking when one talks about corruption in the judiciary.

Mr. Ramanayake told a media briefing that lawyers who have not done any wrong should not get alarmed about his recent statement

UNP-SLFP coalition for LG polls?

A meeting is due this week between leaders of the UNP and the SLFP to discuss joining together to contest the upcoming local government bodies election, say government sources.

Their expectation is for a coalition of parties to contest under a

Arjuna Writes To President About ‘Dismal’ State Of Sri Lanka Cricket: Suggests A Commission Is Set Up To Investigate Wrongdoing

Former World Cup cricket captain and current Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has fired off a four-page missive to President Maithripala Sirisena, highlighting what he has termed the ‘dismal’ state of Sri Lanka cricket.

“I believe people elected me as a politician, not just because my family is linked to politics but also because of the respect and honor

Sanath Jayasuriya and SLC selection committee resign

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selection committee Sanath Jayasuriya and the other members of the committee have tendered their resignations to the Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara.

The selection committee chaired by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya and comprising of members Asanka Gurusinha, Romesh

SPC Mace damaged over draft bill

The draft bill to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was defeated at the Southern Provincial Council today (29).

Due to a tense situation erupting  in the Southern Provincial

Best available team is fielded - Dayasiri

It is pointless to blame Sri Lanka Cricket or the selectors for the current debacle faced by the national team, says sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, noting that the best available team has been fielded.

He is referring to the water bottle and stone throwing incident at the

Third match lost over Kapuge’s mistake!

In the third ODI played against India at the Pallekale grounds, although it was planned to put India to bat first in the event Sri Lanka wins the toss, but Captain Chamara Kapugedara had changed the decision, according to internal sources.

Having inspected the pitch the trainers and Sri Lanka Cricket

Thusitha Halloluwa demands Rs. 500 m compensation from Weerawansa!

Finance and media minister Mangala Samaraweera’s chief of staff Thusitha Halloluwa has sent a letter of demand to NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, accusing him of having harmed his reputation and demanding Rs. 500 million as compensation.

Halloluwa has informed Weerawansa through his lawyer that he

Chemistry tuition master remanded

The tuition master, who was wanted in connection with the alleged distribution of leaflets containing questions from the Advanced Level chemistry paper, has been remanded till August 30.

The tuition master, Jinendra Ranasinghe who was wanted in

4 ex-LTTE among workers building Fonseka’s house

It has been found that four ex-LTTE members were among the workers who are building a house for regional development minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

Located at Heen Ela in Narahenpita, the plot of land where the house is being built was gifted to him by the government following

Hakeem’s Visal Dambulla project no more than leaky plumbing?

Residents of the area are facing severe inconvenience due to the water leakage of the main pipelines of the Visal Dambulla water supply project.

Even last 27th there were leakages in several areas and water was being wasted, while due to a severe water seepage at the Jalasha junction on the main Kurunegala, Dambulla main road, water fountain of around 30 feet was reported obstructing movement on the main road for around an hour.

Several vehicles were also damaged as large stones were being propelled into the air due to the massive water fountain created by the leakage.

While the Visal Dambulla water project was ceremonially commissioned in April by the City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauf Hakeem, to date residents have not received a single drop of water under this Dambulla water scheme, the residents said.

They allege that renovations are being carried out on a daily basis, costing colossal amounts of public money and water being wasted.

Although Sri Lanka Mirror attempted to contact the main Engineer of this project Saman Piyaratne on several occasions, our attempts failed.

This project was initiated to provide drinking water to the residents of Dambulla, Matale and Anuradhapura districts.

The area covered by this project is 1,600 sq. km. of 5 Divisional Secretariat Divisions.

It was earlier revealed that this project would benefit 174,000 residents while the daily water supply through this project would be around 30,000 cubic metres.

The purpose of this project was to distribute water from seven water purification plants, through two water towers, pumped along 72 km of transmission pipelines and distributed along 220 km of pipelines.

The project cost was Rs. 10,000 million ($ 77.8 million).

The investment for this project is borne by the Sri Lankan Government, Indian Exim Bank and People’s Bank.

The water purification capacity of this project is 30,000 cubic metres in the first stage while the water is obtained from the Ibbankatuwa reservoir.


Sri Lanka V India: Tourists Win ODI Series After Crowd Trouble In Pallekele

Opener Rohit Sharma scored a century as India clinched a one-day international series win in Sri Lanka which was marred by crowd trouble in Pallekele. Jasprit Bumrah's maiden five-wicket haul helped India restrict the injury-hit hosts to 217-9 from their 50 overs.

Three Rajapaksa cronies to FCID this week!

Two MPs of the joint opposition and former MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena have been summoned to appear before the FCID this week for questioning in connection with instances of major fraud and corruption that had taken place during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

Gunawardena, former CEO of Mihin Lanka, should be at the FCID

FCID sends match-fixing report to AG

An investigation report by the FCID into match fixing accusations in cricket has sent to the Attorney General’s Department.

A senior official for the FCID said they would be unable to take further step until the Dept. advises action against the accused.

There have been disputes over match-fixing among seniors like

21 districts affected by drought

The drought prevailing in 21 districts are affecting 1,809,895 persons belonging to 522,874 families, according to the Disaster Management Centre.

The worst affected are 256,542 persons belonging to 78,016 families in Kurunegala district.

The Centre also says 218,016 persons belonging to 68,786 families

Ravi gets special powers, office at Temple Trees!

Former minister Ravi Karunanayake has been given office room no. 105 at Temple Trees to coordinate UNP activities in Colombo district, according to website.

He has also been given powers similar to a cabinet minister, with the prime minister empowering him to use letterheads with the logo

Malinga to sit out, Malinda to debut?

Lasith Malinga is likely to sit out the third one-day international against India at Pallekele today (27) as he has failed to perform up to expectations.

Returning to the team following injury, he has captured only eight

SLFP wants president to take a decision

The SLFP has sent its final set of proposals with regard to the new constitution to president Maithripala Sirisena.

The party committee on constitutional formulation has not mentioned anything precise on the executive presidency.

Instead, it has said that it would be up to the president to take a

Naval personnel involved in gold racket in Northern seas?

On October 01, 2014, three years ago, the Sri Lanka Navy had apprehended two persons smuggling 45 Kg of gold to India in the Northern seas, while the seized gold had been handed over to the customs on the instructions of the Northern Naval Commander.

The gold was confiscated through a roundup carried out by the

Money issues foils rugby youth Olympic dreams!

Sri Lanka has lost the opportunity to participate in the selections for the seven a side rugby tournament for next years (2018) Youth Olympics, it is reported.

The reason being the shortage of finances to participate in the selections.

According to sources in the field, the reason is the rug-of-war

Judge hearing the ‘Sil’ cloth case changed!

The High Court Judge Gihan Gunatillake who was presiding over the case regarding the ‘sil’ cloth incident where Rs. 6 million from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Fund was utilised for the propaganda project of Mahinda Rajapaksa during the

PC elections can be held within the calendar year – Deshapriya

The elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stated that, the provincial council elections can be held within the calendar year, if the speaker of parliament signs the proposed amended Local Government elections Bill before September 15.

Providing his views at a special discussion held with Ada Derana

Legalising abortion: Catholic Church objects

While the Cabinet and medical Specialists have approved abortion under special circumstances the Sri Lanka Catholic Church has vehemently opposed this decision.

Cabinet approval was granted for the proposal where the right should be given for an abortion with the consent of the mother in

PM to visit Sri Mookambika Temple in Karnataka

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would be visiting the Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi, Karnataka on Saturday, the Hindu reported on Friday.

Quoting the Information Department, it said Mr. Wickremesinghe

Rajitha should be protected - Ravi

The no-confidence motion by the joint opposition against minister Rajitha Senaratne should be defeated with a two-third majority and the confidence in him should be established, said MP Ravi Karunanayake.

Karunanayake was speaking to the media at the Government

Tharanga gets 2-match ban

Sri Lanka have called up Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and top-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne to the ODI squad after skipper Upul Tharanga received a two-match ban from the ICC for a slow over rate offence during the second match of the ongoing series against India on Thursday (August 24) at Pallekele.

Sri Lanka were found three overs short by Match Referee Andy

SLFP finds Sanath Nishantha guilty

The SLFP has found its Puttalam district MP Sanath Nishantha guilty in a disciplinary inquiry.

He was accused of having criticized the party leadership and of having promoted another party.

The disciplinary committee headed by lawyer Champani

Thalatha, Gamini sworn in

The Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala and Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama were sworn in as the Minister of Justice and Minister of Buddha Sasana respectively before the President a short while ago.

The two ministers were appointed tp replace the ministerial

President to take over AG’s Dept.!

A gazette is to be issued to bring the Attorney General’s Department under the purview of the president, government sources say.

During the previous regime, Mahinda Rajapaksa had the Dept. under him, but after the present government took office, it was

Wickrema Weerasooria disobeys minister’s order, opens tender!

Wickrema Weerasooria, a director of the Development Lottery Board, has disregarded an order by finance minister Mangala Samaraweera and opened a tender for the printing of lottery tickets on August 22.

After a gazette notification was issued announcing the return of the

SLFP initiates disciplinary action against six JO members

During a discussion held between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLFP ministers on August 22, it was decided to hand over a proposal to the SLFP Central Committee seeking disciplinary action against six Joint Opposition MPs.

Prasanna Ranatunge, Ranjith Soysa, Pavithra Wanniarachchi,

‘Luck has abandoned us’ - Tharanga

Spectators gave tremendous support in Dambulla although the first match was lost, says one-day skipper Upul Tharanga.

Speaking to the media yesterday (23) at Pallekele ahead of the second game, he said he expected the same level of spectator support at the remaining games too.

The team always wanted to win matches, he said.

Commenting on Sri Lanka’s having to depend on the outcome of the series against India for

Sagala Ratnayake too, should be removed – Chatura Senaratne

After Wijedasa Rajapakshe, there is another minister who should be removed from his position, said MP Chatura Senaratne.

Participating in Neth FM’s ‘Unlimited’ programme last night (23), Senaratne said that long before Ravi Karunanayake was removed, he had maintained that both Rajapakshe and Sagala Ratnayake

Sep.1 ban on polythene use to be reviewed

The Cabinet on Tuesday has decided to appoint a committee to revisit the implementation of the earlier envisaged September 1 ban on the import, production, sale and use of polythene, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister, Gayantha Karunatilaka said yesterday.

He told the weekly news briefing that however, there was no

Navy chief counters allegations that he is a US agent

New Navy commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah says as a person who has fought for the country for 35 years, it will not be an easy task to make an American agent out of him.

He made the remark at his headquarters in Colombo yesterday (23)

e-NICs to be issued from September 01

Commissioner-General of Registration of Persons, Viyani Gunathilaka, announced that electronic National Identity Cards (NIC) would be issued to citizens from September 01.

According to the Commissioner-General, those who are being

New Northern Province Ministers appointed

Dr G. Gunaseelan has been appointed as the new Health Minister of the Northern Provincial Council while K. Sivanesan has been appointed as the new Agriculture Minister.

They were sworn in before Northern Province Governor Reginald

President approves removal of Wijeyadasa Rajapakse

President Maithripala Sirisena has approved the removal of Wijeyadasa Rajapakse from his ministerial portfolios as per the request made by the United National Party (UNP).

The UNP Working Committee yesterday made a collective decision that Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakse

Match-fixing began by Arjuna, Aravinda?

Sri Lanka Cricket is going to appoint a committee to inquire into match-fixing allegations.

This committee will be looking into the first reported instance of match-fixing, in 1994.

There are allegations that a Test match against India played at